One night a ham radio operator receives an odd message of someone begging for his life. He and his girlfriend track the signal to an old house where group of youths are staying with their camper. They decide investigate the matter together. Little do they know that the place is cursed, and there will be lots of bloodshed coming their way.
The film was followed by two sequels, La Casa 4 (aka Witchcraft) and La Casa 5 (aka Beyond Darkness), both which were also unofficial additions to Evil Dead.
Ghosthouse has the examples of:
- Accidental Murder: Susan killing Mark, thinking that he is a murderer.
- Backmasking: Lyrics to the song that the clown doll plays turns out to be chant of the word "burial" backwards.
- Butt-Monkey: Tina. Everyone is constantly either refusing to believe her, terrorizing her, or giving her tranquilizers.
- Cassandra Truth: Mark and Susan would sooner gnaw their own limbs off than believe a single word of anything Tina says, even if it fits with what everyone has already seen, because she's (supposedly) a compulsive liar.
- Creepy Child: Henriette, thanks to the clown doll's influence.
- Downer Ending: Paul Seemly puts the spirit to rest by burning the doll and the body however in the final scene, it is revealed the evil spirits to be still be around and they cause Paul to be ran down in front of his screaming girlfriend.
- Due to the Dead: Whole mess got started when Sam Baker stole from one corpse too many.
- Evil Laugh: When Jim and Mark are testing the ham radio phenomenon, disembodied laughter starts echoing around them.
- Eye Scream: When the mirror breaks on Mrs. Baker's face, one shard embeds itself on her left eye.
- Foreshadowing: When Paul goes to talk to the mortician, he finds him working on a woman who has been run over a bus. The movie ends with Paul carelessly crossing the street and getting run over by a bus.
- Ghost Butler: Door opens invitingly for Jim to his doom.
- The Grim Reaper: Susan is attacked by a maggot-faced, knife-wielding one during the climax.Kevin Murphy: (as Reaper) "Budget cutbacks on my scythe, I hope you understand."
- Groin Attack: The caretaker kicks Mark into groin when they are brawling.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Tina dies when she ventures into the attic, and a falling piece of metal chops her in half. (Then between shots the two halves suddenly move three feet apart)
- Haunted House: The main location.
- Informed Flaw: Tina's compulsive liar -tendencies.
- Jerkass: Paul. His very first scene consists of him belittling other ham radio operators, and it's downhill from there.
- Manipulative Bastard: On two occasions the clown doll takes appearance of someone else and tries to strangle its victim.
- Monster Clown: The clown doll, especially when it displays its form with sharp teeth.
- Off with His Head!: Martha sees a vision of a severed in a washing machine in the basement.
- Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Bam-Bam's corpse gives Susan a scare.
- Police are Useless: After Paul & co. are attacked by the known madman who the county hired as caretaker of the house, the lieutenant actually tells them it's their fault for trespassing on the abandoned property that nobody was using!
- Single Tear: Rolls down on Henrietta's cheek when she listens to her parents' death in the basement.
- Tears of Blood: A vision of Henrietta shedding bloody tears appears on camper's television.
- You Watch Too Much X: When the cast wonder if something supernatural is going on, Susan says that they have seen too many horror movies.
- Too Dumb to Live: This can apply to all of the main characters who constantly keep going back into the house despite the fact that they know it is haunted and dangerous. Also the when the caretaker attacks the mortician there is one part where he has plenty of time to run away from him but he instead just kept begging.